Eco doesn't mean roughing it at this luxe hotel on the North Cornwall coast.

Yes, there are solar panels to heat the indoor pool, a rainwater harvesting scheme and the boiler runs on biomass fuel, but there's also an ultra-indulgent spa, clifftop hot-tubs and comfy rooms in natural tones - all with glorious views of the Atlantic and Mawgan Porth Beach.

There is a no-children policy here and laid-back is the name of the game, whether it's lazing by the outdoor pool or hanging in a womb-like relaxation pod in the spa.

Halfway between foodie Padstow and St Ives (which has an outpost of the Tate Gallery), The Scarlet is perfectly located for day trips, although there's plenty to do on your doorstep too.

Try surfing lessons, scenic walks along the coast or even embrace your inner child and go tree climbing (serious climbers can try the Mighty Oak Tree Climbing Company,

Make sure you're back at the hotel for dinner, where everything is seasonal, local and utterly delicious.

WOW FACTOR: For a spa treatment that keeps on giving, book a 'Rediscover each other' treatment for a therapist-led massage lesson.

TRAVEL TIME: 5 hours by car.

GO: Double rooms cost from £200, b&b